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Fire Destroys Sheffield Home
Fire destroyed a home on Dunn Mountain Road in Sheffield late Wednesday evening.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Bethlehem: Police Investigate Mysterious Two-Car Crash
BETHLEHEM, N.H. -- It was a strange night in Bethlehem - two crashed cars several hundred yards apart, two occupants taken to the hospital and a K-9 search team recruited to locate items in the woods.
Friday, April 17, 2015

CALEX Lawsuit Continues Five Years After Ambulance Crash
A lawsuit filed against the driver of a CALEX ambulance that crashed off a bridge five years ago continues to make its way through the court system.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Board Approves Alarm Monitoring Fees
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Selectmen approved a new revenue stream that will eventually generate $37,000 annually from businesses and nonprofits that use St. Johnsbury dispatch to monitor alarms for police and/or fire.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Hydro Engineer Sees Obstacles To Crystal Lake Falls Hydro Project
BARTON VILLAGE -- The man evaluating the feasibility of a hydroelectric project on Crystal Lake Falls told trustees that he sees two obstacles, which he called "snake pits," to the village owning its second facility.
Friday, April 17, 2015

St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville paving projects update
ST. JOHNSBURY -- For the week of April 20, crews will continue rehabilitating and adjusting the height of the structures on US 2/Western Ave and Alt US 5/Main Street, weather permitting. Crews may also start preparing driveway entrances for final paving towards the end of the week.
Friday, April 17, 2015

North Country Teacher N.H. Teacher Of Year Nominee
A North Country teacher is among two dozen educators across the state nominated for 2016 New Hampshire Teacher of Year.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Bath man pays $76K in Medicaid fraud case
A Bath man who ran a van transportation service has settled a Medicaid fraud case with the office of the N.H. attorney general.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Derby Select Board Welcomes Return Of Dirty 40
DERBY -- The Dirty 40 gravel road race returns to Derby this September and is expected to attract as many as 500 racers this year.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Lyndon Selectmen Award Street Bid
LYNDONVILLE -- Selectmen reviewed bids earlier this week for a a storm drain improvement project on Center Street in Lyndon that should correct a problem that led to the flooding of the Cobleigh Library Children's Room.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Olaf Goes In And Ice Out Winner Announced In Newport City.
ICE OUT -- Olaf and his "ice out" platform, shown here in February, went into Lake Memphremagog at 5:44 p.m. Wednesday in Newport City. Amazingly, the ice went out on the same date, April 15, last year - only nearly 11 hours earlier in the day. The winner of the 2015 ice out competition was Arlan Barber of Newport Center, with his guess of 5:07 p.m. April 15, according to the Newport Parks and Recreation Department. He won $302.50 in the half-and-half fundraiser, with the other half going to the Gardner Park Restoration Fund.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Dalton Drag Strip Applicant Wants His Permit Back
After coming to public light almost seven years ago, the proposed Dalton drag strip remains locked in a fight, with the applicant now asking the state to give him back a permit revoked last month.
Friday, April 17, 2015

National Volunteer Week: Baseball Volunteer Still Pitches In After Illness
Editor's note: It's National Volunteers Week, and all this week the newspaper will be sharing stories of people who make a difference in our communities, not for financial gain or recognition, but as an act of service, sharing their time and talents to help their neighbors.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Selectmen Divvy Up Budget Surplus
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The board of selectmen this week divvied up nearly $300,000 in 2014 surplus, reserving a sizable lot to offset taxes.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Fire that destroys Essex Jct apartment building co-owned by Coventry man remains under investigation
ESSEX JUNCTION -- A Sunday fire that destroyed an apartment building in Essex Junction that is co-owned by a Coventry man is under investigation.
Friday, April 17, 2015

4 North Troy Men Face Charges In Newport Burglary
NEWPORT CITY -- Four North Troy men are facing charges in connection with a burglary at East Main General Store in Newport City last week.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Moose Takes A Walk On Thin Ice On Lake Memphremagog.
A moose takes a walk on Lake Memphremagog ice early Monday evening. The moose went out, and came back rather quickly, according to a video shot by nearby property owner Alain de la Bruere.
Friday, April 17, 2015

Firefighters Prepare For Spring Wildfires
The St. Johnsbury Fire Department is ready for the annual spring wildfire season.
Friday, April 17, 2015

St. Johnsbury Bed Bug Case Closed
A St. Johnsbury bed bug lawsuit has come to an end.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Town's Audit Clean On Most Accounts
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The municipality just posted a clean audit for 2014.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

NCCC Is First In New England To Offer Mechatronics Program
NEWPORT CITY -- North Country Career Center (NCCC) is the first institution in New England to offer a mechatronics program at the high school level.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lowell Wind Project: PSB Accepts Noise Reduction Report From GMP
LOWELL -- A report about how many times last year the Lowell wind turbines were too noisy -- and operations had to be changed to deal with it - meets state regulators' requirements, despite complaints by the Lowell Mountain Group.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lyndon Selectmen To Meet With Trash Contractor
LYNDON -- "Scary" was one word used Monday at the select board meeting to describe the town's effort to comply with Act 148, the sate's broad solid waste law.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

St. Johnsbury Kids Do Brisk Lemonade Stand Business
Peggy Fischer, 9, serves hot chocolate to a customer while her business partners Molly Brennan, 12, and Ashley Fox, 11, await the noon-time rush at their Main Street lemonade stand, Wednesday. By closing the St. Johnsbury trio had grossed over $3.00.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Littleton Zoners Deny Cell Tower Rehearing Request
LITTLETON, N.H. -- With much money to be made in the cell tower business, an appeal to superior or federal court remains a possibility after Littleton's zoners on Tuesday denied a request to rehear the application for a new cell tower along Mann's Hill Road.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Danville Post Office Named for Thaddeus Stevens
DANVILLE, Vt. -- Danville Town Hall will be the site of a ceremony at noon on Saturday, dedicating the Danville Post Office to Thaddeus Stevens, a Vermont native, ardent abolitionist, lawyer, member of Congress during the Civil War and entrepreneur.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Caledonia Criminal Court Log 4-15
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Volunteer Week:Volunteers Drive Lancaster Community Cupboard
For volunteers at the Lancaster Community Cupboard and food pantries in Littleton and Bethlehem, volunteering is a way to meet a growing need and a way to live a fulfilling life.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Selectmen Pressuring FairPoint To Move Utility Poles
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Selectmen are putting FairPoint Communications on notice.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jay-Westfield To RIF Two Positions Due To Decreased Enrollment
JAY -- Superintendent John Castle said the declining enrollment at the Jay-Westfield Elementary School demonstrates why small schools need supports like small schools grants and the so-called "phantom student" hold-harmless provision in place.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Orleans man arrested for assault inside Derby McDonald's
State police arrested an Orleans man for assaulting someone Wednesday afternoon inside the Derby McDonald's restaurant.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dan Daley Appointed To Lyndon Select Board
Dan Daley is sworn in by Lyndon Town Clerk Dawn Dwyer as Lyndon's new selectman on Monday. Daley fills the unexpired term of David Dill, who died in February. Daley is a faculty member at Lyndon State College and resigned Tuesday as chairman of the Lyndon Planning Commission. The selectmen now must choose someone to take Daley's seat on the planning commission.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Frozen pipe fears thaw in St. Johnnsbury
St. Johnsbury residents no longer must go with the flow.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Trash Becomes Treasure At MAC Center
NEWPORT CITY -- Who knew trash could be so beautiful?
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shot Furloughee In Wheelchair
A Lyndon man shot by state police last year following a high-speed chase can't walk and makes frequent trips to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center to deal with continuing medical complications.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Derby Line Man Faces Multiple Charges Of Aggravated Sexual Assault On A 7-Year-Old
NEWPORT CITY -- A Derby Line man is facing multiple charges of repeated aggravated sexual assault on a 7-year-old girl.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Derby Payments Keep Derby Line Ambulance Going
DERBY -- The Derby Line Ambulance Service will continue to operate, now that Derby has paid part of its voter-approved appropriation.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pittsburg: Rescued Snowmobiler Could Pay For Rescue
PITTSBURG, N.H. -- A Bedford man that rode off an established snowmobile trail and got stuck, might have to foot the cost of his own rescue after a N.H. Fish and Game conservation officer was called out to a remote area in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bank Robber Makes Off With Suspended Sentence
A Connecticut woman has been convicted of robbing the Union Bank in Hardwick three years ago while disguised as a man.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

St. Johnsbury Ice Rink Renamed Chet and Pat Buck Memorial Park
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Late residents Chet and Pat Buck just joined the ranks of Fred Mold, the famed local scientist from Fairbanks Museum, and Jonathan Arnold, an early settler.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dollar Per Acre Tax May Fund Water Cleanup
NEWPORT CITY - Pretty much everyone can agree to the "guts" of the water quality bill, Sen. Bobby Starr said Monday.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Volunteer Week: Teaching Safety Is A Calling
Editor's note: It's National Volunteers Week, and all this week the newspaper will be sharing stories of people who make a difference in our communities, not for financial gain or recognition, but as an act of service, sharing their time and talents to help their neighbors.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free 'Food Share' at Newport City Fire Station Thursday
Faith In Action's Northeast Kingdom Free Food Distribution, which last month was in Island Pond, moves to another new location partnership at the Newport City Fire Station on Thursday from 11:30 to 1:30.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lyndonville Trustees Taking Out The Trash Cans
LYNDONVILLE -- Trustees decided Monday that it's better to have no trash cans at all in public spaces in the village than to try to accommodate the state's new law requiring extra recycling receptacles and mandatory sorting.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

City Man Faces More Charges In Lowell Burglary Spree
NEWPORT CITY -- One of the men jailed for burglaries in the Lowell area in November is facing more charges.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Education Costs, Property Taxes Persist As Big Issues For Kingdom Voters
NEWPORT CITY -- The high cost of educating Vermont's youngsters and the method by which the state pays that bill continues to dominate discussions with legislators, who are nearing the end of the session without a clear idea of how to lessen the property tax burden in this small state.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GreggFest Inspiration Dies
The inspiration for the annual GreggFest music festival in Lyndon has died.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Man Accused Of Stealing Thousands From Sheffield Residence
A Hardwick man has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash from a Sheffield residence.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Balsams Bill Heads To House Finance Committee
The bill that seeks state-backed bonds for the redevelopment of The Balsams Grand Resort will now skip a step and move to the House Finance Committee.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

East Burke Dam Removal Stalled
The old East Burke Lumber Company dam isn't going anywhere yet.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

K-9 Jonah Joins Orleans County Sheriff's Department
NEWPORT CITY -- Deputy Sheriff Tyler Jacobs has a new partner -- and a new friend.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Volunteer Week: Micheline Auger Volunteers Tirelessly To Keep City Clean And Tidy
Editor's note: It's National Volunteers Week, and all this week the newspaper will be sharing stories of people who make a difference in our communities, not for financial gain or recognition, but as an act of service, sharing their time and talents to help their neighbors.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cottage Hospital Promoting Advance Health Care Decision-Making
WOODSVILLE, N.H. -- Cottage Hospital, along with other national, state and community organizations, are highlighting the importance of advance healthcare decision-making--an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of Thursday, April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Has Sprung
Scenes of spring in Littleton, N.H.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ice Be Gone
Monday's summer-like temperatures helped the Ammonoosuc River, flowing under the footbridge by Cottage Street, reappear after a long winter.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Caledonia Criminal Court Log 4-14
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Chance To Get A New Job
Unemployed? Sick of your job?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DaltonWanted: Police Officers
DALTON, N.H. -- After the political turbulence of two years ago, which has since subsided, the town of Dalton is moving into the future with its police department retained and is now seeking part-time officers to rebuild its force.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be Alert to Avoid Moose on the Highway
VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Littleton: Police Arrest Suspected Crack Cocaine Dealer
LITTLETON, N.H. -- A Massachusetts man police said was floating between that state and Littleton has been arrested in Littleton for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute the drug that police say is making a resurgence in the area.
Monday, April 13, 2015

From Fire Victims To Fire Scene Servants
Editor's note: It's National Volunteers Week, and all this week the newspaper will be sharing stories of people who make a difference in our communities, not for financial gain or recognition, but as an act of service, sharing their time and talents to help their neighbors.
Monday, April 13, 2015

High Tech Health Care
LANCASTER -- Weeks Medical Center announced it will expand its telemedicine program into two new areas -- stroke and neurological treatment -- at an open house attended by over 50 people on Friday night.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Newport City: AARP Survey Finds Gaps Between Senior Needs, Services
NEWPORT CITY -- For Claudette Limoges, the Newport City area is her home.
Monday, April 13, 2015

School Proceeding Through Practice Run On New Testing
Ongoing testing at St. Johnsbury School for No Child Left Behind and Common Core Standards is proceeding well, according to Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter Fun Fest In St. Johnsbury
Connor McBean stands with two Easter bunnies at the Easter Fun Fest in St. Johnsbury Saturday morning.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Animal Cares: Fewer Homeless Pets
Several responsible Northeast Kingdom cat owners have been the recipients of discount spay/neuter coupons offered in the recent effort by Caledonia Animal Rescue, Inc. to help curtail pet overpopulation. If that number translates into just 20 litters that have been prevented, at least 240 animals will not be homeless in the immediate future. When the numbers are considered in the larger picture, the numbers increase dramatically.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Crowd Shares Haverhill History During First 'Meet-Up' In Woodsville
The old fashioned community tradition of sharing a meal and telling stories was brought back to life, during what history buffs hope will be the first of many "meet-ups" held at Shilos Restaurant last week in Woodsville.
Monday, April 13, 2015

North Country ATV Club offering free safety course
The North Country ATV Club is offering a free OHRV safety course May 2 in North Stratford, N.H.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Way To Go Vermont Commuter Challenge
Way To Go Vermont is holding their annual statewide commuter challenge May 4-15 as a way to get people to reduce their carbon emissions by using alternative means to get to work for at least a few days out of the year.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Barton's Waste Management Plan Ready For ANR Approval
BARTON TOWN -- Barton will likely soon have a firm waste management plan in place, if the state Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) approves it.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Lyndon Institute SkillsUSA Winners
Lyndon Institute SkillsUSA winners are, from left: Austin Jenks, gold, ornamental welding, Ryan Solinsky, gold, welding, Dominic Bassett, silver, automotive service technology, Katherine Ham, gold, prepared speech, Derik Gagnon and CJ Lahaie, gold, in mobile robotics, Ethan Bernier, gold, commercial baking.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Narcan Called Key Tool By Local EMS
The recent rise in the price of an emergency drug used to stop opiate overdoses has Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin hopping mad.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Littleton:Mother Arrested In Child Truancy Case
LITTLETON, N.H. -- A Littleton mother has been arrested after Lakeway Elementary School reported multiple unexcused absences and instances of tardiness involving her 7-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, said police.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Going Up Is Optional, Coming Down Is Mandatory
There are plenty of cars that have bumper stickers touting, "This car climbed Mt. Washington" or "This hiker climbed Mt. Washington."
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Burglars steal beer from Barton man
Among the items stolen from a Barton residence on Tuesday was a 12-pack of beer.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

IrasburgOccupants Try To Flee After Suspicious Crash, 2 Injured
IRASBURG -- Two young people were injured in a rollover accident at the intersection of Route 58 and 14 late Thursday evening that remains under investigation.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Seven Decades Later - Northeast Music Festival Still Bringing Communities Together
NEWPORT CITY -- Katrina DeKett wants to be a baker. But her dream career would be to sing on Broadway.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Consider A Few Cross-country Complications
A lot of planning goes into the type of multi-day trip that Ben Morehouse took with his dogs. Here are just a few of the things he had to think about:
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time For A New Coat
The time for more miles of heavy construction is fast approaching.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

K9 tracks man who fled from St. Johnsbury Police
ST. JOHNSBURY -- A St. Johnsbury man was tracked by K9 Bodie after fleeing police following a traffic stop early Friday morning.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Color Run Planned in Lyndon
The Color Run/Walk is on for April 25 in Lyndonville with over 50 volunteers working to make it happen.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Local Tech Centers Celebrate SkillsUSA Winners
SkillsUSA Vermont held their annual Skills and Leadership Conference in Burlington on April 1 and 2. Students from North Country Career Center in Newport, Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy all brought home medals from the competition. Gold medalists will have an opportunity to attend the national conference in Louisville, Ky., in June. More than 300,00 students and advisers compete nationwide for the opportunity to attend the national conference.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

North Country Career Center SkillsUSA Medal Winners
North Country Career Center SkillsUSA Medal winners are, from left, front Row: Tesia Cleveland, gold, restaurant service, Molly Palin, gold, community service, Brianna Bonnell, gold, community service, and silver, health knowledge bowl, Maddie Ferorelli, bronze, health knowledge bowl; second row: Ashley Fauteux, bronze, medical terminology, Kallie Knaggs, gold, nurse assisting, Brittany Royer, gold, community service, and silver, health knowledge bowl, Nicole Therrien, silver, health knowledge bowl; third row: Mariah LaDeau, bronze, health knowledge bowl, Taylor Blake, silver, health knowledge bowl.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

SJA SkillsUSA Winners
St. Johnsbury Academy SkillsUSA winners are, from left, back row: Joe Bedor, gold, diesel technology, Katrina DeKett, silver, prepared speech, Chris Connolly, bronze, cabinet making; second row: Monica Zuk, silver, commercial baking, Cameron Cloutier, gold, culinary arts, Ryan Andrews, gold, Teamworks, Aaron Morrison, silver, Teamworks; third row: Connor Flanagan, bronze, residential wiring, Patrick Schoolcraft, gold, cabinet making, Dakota Holbrook, silver, teamwork; front row: Zachary Bedard, gold, teamwork. Other SJA winners are Ethan Bernier, gold, commercial baking, and Nathan Newland, bronze, welding.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sugar Hill:Polly's Pancake Parlor Nears Reopening
SUGAR HILL, N.H. -- By most standards, this winter was a brutal one, but it couldn't hold up progress on the new Polly's Pancake Parlor, which is on track for a mid-May reopening.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shumlin Signs Bill Creating Latin Vermont State Motto
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Latin language enthusiasts from around Vermont got to watch Gov. Peter Shumlin sign a new state law giving Vermont a Latin motto for the first time.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Fee For Alarm System Up For Discussion Monday
Business owners and executive directors have a chance to sound off Monday about the town's new proposal to charge a fee for monitoring police and fire alarms.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angling For Fresh Fish
It's trout and salmon season in Vermont.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

People Energized By Town Improvement Conversations
There's momentum for an improved St. Johnsbury.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Seized Peacham Horses Back With Owner
Three horses seized from a Peacham resident by the Caledonia County Sheriff's Department last month are now back home.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Whitefield Man To Serve Prison For Strangulation Assault
LANCASTER, N.H. -- A Whitefield man arrested last year on eight counts of rape and multiple counts of assault found the sexual assault charges dismissed, but is now serving a prison sentence for second-degree felony assault by strangulation.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Area Students Gather For All Day Youth Conference
Students from area schools arrived at the Lyndon State College campus Thursday ready for a full day of lectures, workshops, information displays and networking as the 14th annual Youth Town Meeting Day kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with over 200 students registered for the event.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Lyndon Looks at Route 5 Redesign
A reconstruction of Route 5 in Lyndon that would add bike lanes on either side and a turning lane in the middle was discussed Wednesday night in a public hearing that drew 66 area residents.
Friday, April 10, 2015

North Country:Residents Encouraged To Participate In Wildlife Survey
The White Mountains are home to bounties of mammal, bird and insect species and area residents are being encouraged to participate in a wildlife survey, with a map and a data sheet to be available for those who want to record their sightings.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Health department notifying Vermonters of recalled hummus
BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Department of Health is notifying Vermonters about a voluntary recall of Sabra Dipping Co., LLC Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Friday, April 10, 2015

Gun stolen from vehicle parked at Jay Peak
An employee of Jay Peak told state police that someone stole his pistol from his parked car at the resort.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Irasburg Auditors Say Town Needs Better Financial Controls
IRASBURG -- The municipal government as a whole needs to implement better internal financial controls, the elected auditors told selectmen at their most recent meeting.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Homeowner Gets Unpleasant Surprise After Paying Off Mortgage
BARTON TOWN -- Gary Whiting finished paying off his mortgage early and planned to improve his Orleans Village home with a home equity note.
Friday, April 10, 2015

State police seek information on stolen snowmobile
State police are looking for information on a snowmobile reported stolen near the Sheffield/Glover town line the evening of Thursday, April 2.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Incumbent the only candidate running to represent Essex County area on Vermont Electric Cooperative board
JOHNSON -- Only an incumbent is seeking election to serve on the Vermont Electric Cooperative board representing towns in the Essex County area.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Riverside Rescue Adoptions -- Lola and Sara
Lola is a 9-year-old spayed, female Boxer mix. Lola is house-trained, great with other dogs, cats and humans. Lola loves to hang out on the couch next to her favorite person or play with her toys. Sara is a 1½-year-old spayed female cat that is up to date on vaccines and negative for Felv/Aids. Sara is good with other cats, dogs and humans.To adopt either as a pet fill out an application at www.riversideanimalrescue.org or call 802-892-5300.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Newport CitySigns Would Make City Bike-Friendly
NEWPORT CITY -- For cyclists, finding the route is a critical part of enjoying a ride through Newport City and Derby.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Vermont's Latin Motto To Be Signed Into Law
LATIN TO BECOME LAW
Friday, April 10, 2015

The St. Elizabeth Church Knights of Columbus Dobated $800 to support the work of the Lyndon Area Food Shelf
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUPPORT LYNDON FOOD SHELF
Friday, April 10, 2015

Students assisting Danville Animal Hospital with cat neutering event
Danville Animal Hospital is going to team up with a group of students from North Country Career Center to offer a low-cost cat spay/neuter clinic on Tuesday, April 14. This event benefits the community and gives the students the opportunity to have some hands-on experience in veterinary medicine.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Orleans CourtCity Man Charged As Habitual Offender
NEWPORT CITY -- A city man is facing the possibility of being considered a habitual offender for violent domestic assaults, which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.
Friday, April 10, 2015

St. Johnsbury: Community Members Share Ideas on Education, Senior Housing
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The village Wednesday was abuzz with a bevy of intellectual salons.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

St. Johnsbury: Community Members Share Views On Image & Identity
Over 75 people gathered at the Fairbanks Museum to discuss how people inside St. Johnsbury see their town and how they think people outside the town perceive it. The session, "Image & Identity of St. Johnsbury," frequently addressed questions of how the town brands and markets itself.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Local Student Lands Real Job From Mock Interview
NEWPORT CITY -- Each year, seniors at North Country Career Center participate in mock interviews that will decide whether they complete their two-year programs.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

St. Jay Barber Shop Owner Indicted On Federal Drug Charge
The owner of a St. Johnsbury barber shop has been indicted by federal authorities for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine out of her Concord home.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recalling A Local Celebration Of Peace: 150 Year Anniversary Of The End to the Civil War
The newspaper was known simply as 'The Caledonian' during the 1860s, when the Civil War was fought and won by the north, comprised of hundreds of local men.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Minor Injuries In Memorial Drive Crash
CALEX ambulance workers, St. Johnsbury firefighters and State Trooper Shawn McGarvin work to extricate Miranda Buck, 19, of St. Johnsbury, from her wrecked vehicle. Buck was transported to NVRH for minor injuries following a two vehicle crash on Memorial Drive in St. Johnsbury just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. According to Trooper McGarvin, Buck's 2004 Buick collided with the rear of a 1997 Chevy Cavalier driven by Danny Austin, 64, Lyndonville. Austin was not injured. Both operators were wearing seat belts. The Buick sustained front end damage while the Chevy sustained rear end damage. No one was ticketed.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

St. Johnsbury School To Hire Pre-K Coordinator
ST. JOHNSBURY -- St. Johnsbury School is poised to hire a new part time administrator.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lyman Mother Committed To State Psychiatric Unit
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. -- Agreeing with a psychiatrist that she remains a danger to herself and others, a Grafton Superior Court judge on Wednesday committed the Lyman mother charged in the death of her son to the state's secured psychiatric unit.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Newport City Council Considers A Micro-Park On Main
NEWPORT CITY -- The city council was intrigued by the idea of creating a "micro-park" in a parking space on Main Street.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Orleans CourtWife Tries To Take Blame In Child Porn Case
NEWPORT CITY -- The wife of a man accused of possessing child pornography is facing charges that she tried to take the blame herself, and then kicked a police detective and resisted arrest, according to court records.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Barton Academy Trying To Put Bed Bugs to Rest
BARTON -- While bed bugs have been found on a couple students at Barton Academy and Graded School during the past week, the school is hardly infested, said Principal Bob Partridge.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Focus and Buckle Up
As 'spring fever' closes in, now's the time to remind drivers and passengers about the dangers, the laws, and some resources regarding "distracted driving."
Thursday, April 9, 2015

State Police Investigating Route 2 Rollover
Vermont State Police Trooper David Roos speaks with William Mitchell, 49, of Concord, off Route 2 in East St. Johnsbury early Wednesday. Mitchell's 2004 Ford truck rests on its side in the background while St. Johnsbury Assistant Fire Chief Will Rivers stands ready to guide traffic. The trooper said his investigation continues to determine who was actually driving the truck. Based on conversations with three people, including Mitchell and Stephen M. Rich, 44, of Jefferson, N.H., the trooper said the crash is being blamed on black ice.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Derby Line Village Clerk/Treasurer To Step Down Next Month
Sharon Booth, who has been clerk and treasurer for two years in this small border village, announced she will step down next month because she is moving out of the area.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

North Country Remembers Its Civil War Veterans
LITTLETON, N.H. -- New Hampshire might be a world away from the battlefields of the Civil War, but scores of Littleton and North Country veterans fought in the war that ended 150 years ago today, with the surrender of the Confederate Army.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Littleton:Police ID Overdose Victim, Investigate Circumstances
LITTLETON, N.H. -- Police are now investigating the circumstances that led to a suspected accidental drug overdose in an apartment Tuesday night, the first reported overdose of the year in Littleton.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Accused Murderer Appeals Prison Sentence
Murder suspect Keith Baird has appealed his sentencing on unrelated convictions for violating an abuse prevention order and reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to settle pending charges of violating conditions of release.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LPD Investigates Suspected Overdose Death
Littleton Police are investigating the possible drug overdose death of a 43-year-old man.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Volunteer Convicted Of Stealing From Peacham Library
St. Johnsbury resident Scott Fletcher has admitted he stole money from the town library but is disputing a restitution claim against him.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Welch Lauds Newport For Reinvention, Ambition, Resilience
NEWPORT CITY -- The city of Newport is moving forward with its reinvention despite obstacles and has remained resilient in the face of hardship, Congressman Peter Welch told the bankers, business owners, Rotarians, and community elders he spoke with during a visit Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LRH v. Littleton Tax Case: Town Argues Errors Of Law In N.H. Supreme Court Appeal
LITTLETON, N.H. -- In its appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court, the town of Littleton argues the N.H. Board of Tax and Land Appeals erred by limiting its ability to conduct discovery in its multi-year tax abatement lawsuit with Littleton Regional Healthcare.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

St. Johnsbury Resident Objects To Proposed School District Move
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Resident Dave Timson has a suggestion for district employees of St. Johnsbury School who wish to move from the building to office space at Emerson Falls.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Route 5 Construction Hearing In Lyndon Tonight
Almost everyone who lives in Lyndon, owns a business in Lyndon, shops in Lyndon or drives through town has a stake in the planned major rebuild of Route 5 in Lyndon.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter Adoptions
Gracie is a fun young girl and a sweetheart. She is active, very playful, and intelligent. She would enjoy joining an active sport such as Frisbee, agility, fly ball, etc. Gracie is good around other dogs. No cats for Gracie, they are lots of fun to chase.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Littleton:Busy Winter For Water And Light Dept.
LITTLETON, N.H. -- Spring is here, at least for the moment, and it can't arrive too soon for some of the town's residents and the Littleton Water and Light Department, which experienced twice the usual number of frozen water lines this winter.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lyndon Selectmen Forced To Table Trash Bids
Lyndon Selectmen tabled trash talk Monday night amid unacceptable proposals from local haulers.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newport City Council Compensates Public Works Director For Truck Use
NEWPORT CITY -- The Newport City Council on Monday evening unanimously reappointed Tom Bernier to continue as long-time public works director.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Correction
Correction
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Barton Recycling Center Shut Down By State
BARTON TOWN -- The recycling center here has been ordered to cease operations until the state has proof that it is certified, according to a document the select board received Monday evening during their regular meeting.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lyndon Selectmen close to filling vacant board seat
At Monday's Lyndon Select Board meeting, selectmen interviewed two candidates for the vacant position on the board. The interviews were done in secret executive session.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

St. Johnsbury Community Forums Planned Throughout the Day
A months long exercise in community betterment commences in St. Johnsbury this afternoon with nine forums about social issues, and a free dinner.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Caledonia Superior Court Log 4-8
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Veggie Growers Mum On Building Purchase
The soon-to-be proprietors of the Republican Block apartment building on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury aren't yet talking.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Clerk Accused Of Doctoring Bottle Receipts To Fund Lottery Habit
A Hardwick store clerk has been accused of falsifying bottle return receipts and using the extra cash to play the Vermont Lottery.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

St. Johnsbury District Administrators Desire New Digs
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The Board of School Directors is apprehensive about a proposal to separate district offices from the school, but they're considering it.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lawyers Offer Free Advice At Restorative Justice Center
NEWPORT CITY -- Hiring an attorney is a costly exercise. For some Orleans County residents the cost can be prohibitive, leaving people to navigate the justice system on their own.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Irasburg Cell Tower Proposed In 2010 Back On The Table
IRASBURG -- A proposed cell tower that ended up on the chopping block after clearing all Public Service Board hurdles in 2010 is back on the table.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Developers: Stem Cell Work Will Show Return On Investment Right Away
NEWPORT CITY -- Three different businesses will operate as part of AnC Bio Vt in Newport City.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

North Country: Regional Team To Host Energy Fair Saturday
BETHLEHEM, N.H. -- From solar power to heat pump technology, the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team continues to get the word out on cost-effective and environment-friendly technologies that will be featured at an energy fair Saturday.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Troopers take man with guns into custody in Marshfield
State troopers were threatened by a man carrying a rifle Monday morning in Marshfield but were able to take him into custody without injury.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Youth Town Meeting Focuses On Social Media
Students from eight area schools will converge on the LSC campus Thursday for the 14th annual Youth Town Meeting.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Littleton: Zoners To Mull Requested Rehearing On Cell Tower
LITTLETON, N.H. -- A month after the town's zoners denied an application for a new cell tower along Mann's Hill Road, the applicant is requesting a rehearing in a case that could end up in court, including possibly federal court.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Expect Duke Street Delays In St. Johnsbury
Motorists can expect delays today on Duke Street while the St. Johnsbury Public Works Department repair a sewer line.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Growing A Family Farm
Nattie Emmons knew for certain that farming wasn't the life for him.
Monday, April 6, 2015

St. Johnsbury Select Board Looking Forward To Latest Manager Search Results
St. Johnsbury Selectman Jeff Moore is optimistic about the board's ongoing second search for a new town manager.
Monday, April 6, 2015

St. Johnsbury School Looking To Add Staff
The St. Johnsbury School superintendent is proposing additional employees, and wants to relocate district offices in order to accommodate everybody.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Barnet Teen Seeks Youthful Offender Program For Sex Asssault
A Barnet teen charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl is seeking protection from criminal prosecution through youthful offender status.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Lost Hikers Found On Mt. Pierce
At about 2:52 p.m. Saturday, N.H. Fish and Game received a call from State Police Troop F regarding two hikers that were off the hiking trail near the summit of Mount Pierce.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Animal Cares: Companion Animals
Having a dog or cat has special rewards, but having two animals (two dogs, two cats, or one of each) can have even greater rewards.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Cottage Hospital Breaks Ground On New Facility
WOODSVILLE, N.H. -- Cottage Hospital has partnered with Trumbull-Nelson Construction Company from Hanover, N.H., to bring the Rowe Health Center to the community.
Monday, April 6, 2015

French Ag Students Learn About Methane Digester, Maple Production
It was as much a lesson in English to French translation as in maple production at Jed's Maple Products in Derby Thursday.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Chamber Of Commerce Meeting Addresses Downtown Public Safety Concerns
The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce continued to review the priorities of a UVM Market Survey at a meeting held in St. Johnsbury's Welcome Center on April 1. The UVM Market Survey revealed several community needs where short-term improvements would make a difference, and the Economic Restructuring Committee of the St. Johnsbury Chamber has identified four priority areas for action.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Dispite Winter Weather Kids Enjoy Easter Egg Hunts In Newport City
Easter Egg Hunt fun-for-all
Monday, April 6, 2015

Substantial Grants Awarded To Cohos Trail
LANCASTER, N.H. -- Officers of the all-volunteer nonprofit hiking trail organization known as the Cohos Trail Association (TCTA) learned recently that two grants had been awarded to support increasing efforts to turn the 165-mile Cohos Trail from the White Mountains to the Canadian border into a major hiking destination in the Northeast.
Monday, April 6, 2015

No Injuries In Crash
This car crashed at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning on southbound Interstate 91 at the Newport City exit after rain changed to wet heavy snow, making driving conditions extremely treacherous. No details were available at press time but no one appeared injured.
Monday, April 6, 2015

NCCC Board Examines Reasons For Declining Enrollment In Some Programs
NEWPORT CITY -- Perhaps younger people are experiencing a generational decline in overall work ethic. Then again, it could be a lack of interest.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Caledonia Criminal Courtlog 4-4
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

St. Johnsbury: Pete To Buy Republican Block
The owner of Craftsbury-based Pete's Greens and an employee there are poised to purchase the Republican Block apartment building on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Readying A Fun Fest
Jay Churchill, a volunteer with the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce, posts a sign announcing an Easter Fun Fest for Saturday, April 11. Churchill said the date was picked hoping to ensure warm weather for the event.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Hunt Is On
Phil Nelson clears snow from the front lawn of the North Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury Friday. Nelson said he was getting the lawn ready for the annual Easter Egg hunt scheduled for noon Saturday.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Local Police Weigh In On Mandatory Video Recording Bill
A bill in the Vermont House would require local police, state police and sheriffs to wear a body camera or have an in-cruiser camera.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lisbon Zoners Deny Asphalt Plant
LISBON, N.H. -- After a total of seven hours of testimony over three nights, Lisbon's zoners on Thursday denied a special exception for an asphalt manufacturing plant, concluding it would pollute and the zoning ordinance prohibits pollution.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Deal In Place For Return Of Peacham Horses
A deal has been been struck and is expected to be finalized soon between the state and a Peacham woman whose horses were seized by the Caledonia County Sheriff's Department in February.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Industrial Maple Moves To Island Pond
This series takes a snapshot of sugaring operations ranging from very small to very large in the Northeast Kingdom. Part one was about the Rogers family of Glover, who enjoy traditional sugaring. Part two took readers just down Route 16 to the Colburn operation. This story, part three, visits Sweet Tree Holdings in Island Pond, slated to become the largest operation in the state.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Clearing The Way
A crew from New England Tree Service cuts birch tree limbs along Summer Street Friday morning. The effort was a several-day process to clear trees and branches along the street from a utility right-of-way.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Slots Bill Could Help Service Clubs
Local service clubs struggling with dwindling membership hope the introduction of video slot machines will be a solution to declining dues revenue.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Trooper Hatch To Join St. Johnsbury Barracks
A Vermont State Trooper, involved in a controversy related to the race for Orleans County State's Attorney, has transferred from the Rutland State Police Barracks to St. Johnsbury.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Initiative Launched To Expand Broadband In North Country
In a boon to small businesses, communities and public safety, an initiative will be launched to expand cell phone service and high-speed Internet in the upper reaches of the North Country.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Derby Walmart Gets Act 250 Permit
DERBY -- The District 7 Environmental Commission has granted an Act 250 permit with detailed traffic and other conditions to developer Jeff Davis for a Walmart Supercenter on Route 5 in Derby.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Runaway Mom Case:State Objects To Defense Request To Subpoena Ex-Husband
LANCASTER, N.H. -- A Coos County attorney is objecting to Genevieve Kelley's request to subpoena her ex-husband, arguing it is a backdoor way to elicit information without a deposition.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Woodsville Man To Serve Up To 14 Years For Statutory Rape
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. -- A 37-year-old Woodsville man convicted by a jury in January on four counts of statutory rape against a teen girl during youth deer hunting weekend in 2011 will now serve a total of 7 to 14 years in N.H. State Prison.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Former N.Y. Gov. Pataki, Mulling Presidential Run, Visits Littleton
LITTLETON, N.H. -- Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki, the third presidential hopeful to visit the North Country in recent weeks, took his optimistic view of the nation's future to a small crowd in Littleton Thursday.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Teen Charged With Store Burglaries
A St. Johnsbury teen has been accused of breaking into the Big Apple convenience store at 280 Portland St. twice last month and a third burglary at Barnie's Market on Route 2 in Concord.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Westmore: Barring Objection, Fitness Center To Get Act 250 OK
WESTMORE -- Unless someone asks for a hearing, a Colorado couple will get an Act 250 permit to build a fitness and wellness retreat center on Route 5A.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Businessman Alarmed By Proposed Public Safety Monitoring Fee
A St. Johnsbury business owner is upset and an executive director is worried by a proposal from the town manager's office to levy fees for monitoring 99 fire/police alarms at businesses, nonprofits and homes.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Green Energy Plan Could Leave Lyndonville Electric Ratepayers Paying The Bulk Of The Bills
Plans for large scale solar arrays in Lyndon have advanced beyond the informal inquiry stage as Lyndon State College has now formally published a Request For Proposal for one, two or three solar arrays.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Derby Donates $2,000 To Kingdom Games
DERBY -- The select board dipped into its recreation fund this week, donating $2,000 to Kingdom Games so that Derby youngsters can participate in all the games for free.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Orleans Superior CourtHomeless Man Gets Jail For Trying To Sell Gun Stolen From Evidence Locker
NEWPORT CITY -- A homeless man pleaded guilty this week to trying to sell a gun stolen from the Newport Police Department's evidence locker in February.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Multiple Area Towns To Experience Temporary Power Failure
Green Mountain Power has scheduled a power outage beginning at midnight today that will affect Gilman, Guildhall, Granby, Lunenburg, Victory, East Concord and the Miles Pond area in Concord.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Rifle stolen for Newbury residence
Someone entered a Newbury residence Sunday and stole a rifle.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Chase Suspect Held Without Bail
A West Charleston man is accused of leading police on a 43-mile high-speed chase and trying to ram a U.S. Border Patrol unit Wednesday.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Sign Of Spring - Captain Of Northern Star Stops Making Bubbles To Keep Hull Free Of Ice.
Chris Johansen, captain and owner of the Northern Star tour boat at dock in Newport City, pulls one of the "bubblers" out of Lake Memphremagog on Tuesday afternoon. The bubblers keep the boat's hull free of ice all winter. It is the second sign of spring, Johansen said, after the ice cream shop at Pick and Shovel opens.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Keep Water Flowing
Despite warming temperatures, St. Johnsbury's faucet-on advisory to combat frozen pipes remains active.
Friday, April 3, 2015

Sovereign Journey Lawsuit Nears Trial
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. -- The breach of contract and emotional distress lawsuit filed by the Virginia parents against the Peacham couple who ran a treatment center in Bethlehem for troubled young women is nearing a trial.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

St. Johnsbury Town Manager Search At Critical Point
St. Johnsbury's town manager search effort version 2.0 is approaching a critical point after initial attempts failed to yield a suitable applicant.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

NEK: Spike Strips End High-Speed Chase In Stolen Truck
A West Charleston man led police on a high-speed chase north on Interstate 91 from St. Johnsbury to Newport City early afternoon Wednesday.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lyndonville: Police Chief Suffers Radio Blackout During Chase
Vermont State Police will investigate why Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris had communication problems during a dispatching test conducted at the same time a high-speed chase on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

St. Johnsbury: Police Offer Round The Clock Drug Collection Box
Residents now have a place to dispose of unused prescription drugs 24 hours and day seven days a week.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Harvey's Lake Ice Out Bets Are In
Gamblers are watching ice melt in West Barnet.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Burglary Suspect Cuts Deal With Prosecutors
A suspect charged in connection with a string of crimes last year, including two St. Johnsbury burglaries and the theft of a fiddle and a mandolin from her grandmother, has cut a deal with prosecutors.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Peacham School Scores A+ On VSP Safety Check
Peacham School harbors no scofflaws.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lyndon Town And Village Negotiate Purchase of FLEX Building
Representatives of the Lyndon Select Board and Lyndonville Trustees have negotiated the purchase of the former Vermont FLEX building to be the future home of the a combined town and village garage.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

It Takes A Village: Concord Students Embrace School-wide Effort For Stage Production
You could call it an innovation in project-based learning.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

North Country: House Amendment Returns Education Aid
CONCORD -- Local legislator Rick Ladd co-led the effort to restore critical education funds to North Country schools on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 2, 2015


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